Walking With My Father

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Charlie Rizzo’s dad died about twenty-five years ago, but he remains a constant presence in Charlie’s life. As a very young boy, Charlie’s mother and father split up, and Charlie’s mom took him to Los Angeles, leaving his father, Matt Rizzo, who was blind, back in Chicago. For awhile, Charlie wasn’t even sure he had a father. But one day, Matt and his driver showed up in California and took Charlie for a ride … all the way back to Chicago. Matt’s “kidnapping” of Charlie sparked a custody battle, and ultimately the judge allowed Matt to visit his son regularly as long as they stayed in the state of California. This was the beginning of Charlie’s lifelong friendship with his father – and of a dream that started with Matt, and is now carried on by Charlie.